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August 2012

The Rise and Fall of Berwyn’s Automobile Row

Thanks to local historian and author, Joseph D. Kubal, for submitting the following article to us for publication:

Joseph D. Kubal_0.jpgBy Joseph D. Kubal

Ogden Avenue in Berwyn, IL may not look like it today, but it was once one of the major sales areas for automobiles in the near southwest suburbs and the nearby section of Chicago. During the earliest days of U.S. Route 66, Ogden became what was soon dubbed “Automobile Row.”

From the very beginning, Route 66 ran along Ogden between the near west side of Chicago and the suburb of Lyons, just west of Berwyn. Even before Route 66, however, there were Berwyn businesses on Ogden that served horse carriage owners. As automobiles grew in popularity with the introduction of the Model-T Ford – which made owning a car more affordable for average Americans – some of these businesses transitioned to serving automobile owners. Moreover, as Ogden was already a major thoroughfare between the city and Joliet Road, even before Route 66, it made sense for auto dealers to locate on Ogden, too: the dealers went where the drivers were.

1800s Craft Fair

Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

The 1800s Craft Fair will once again be held the final day of the 2011 Lincoln Art & Balloon Festival, Sunday, August 26 at the State Historic Site, Postville Courthouse.

Postville Courthouse State Historic Site is the original seat of County Government in Logan County, with the current structure a reproduction of the original courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Join the volunteers of this great historic site as they provide you a day to step back in time and enjoy crafts and music of an era long ago.

American Truckers Historical Society Route 66 Convoy

Thursday, September 6, 2012 (All day) - Saturday, September 15, 2012 (All day)

First ever American Truck Historical Society’s Highway Convoy on Route 66!

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Click here to read complete details of this event.

Route 66 Sodas Introduces New Bottle Cap

Thanks to our Association Preservation Chairman, John Weiss, for passing along this press release from Association Member, Route 66 Sodas, LLC. It was released by the company and sent to us by John back on July 26, 2012 - it's been a busy season here at the website! Go grab a bottle and see it for yourself!

July 26, 2012

66 sodas crown cap 2012.jpgRoute 66 Sodas, LLC. announced today the introduction of their newly designed bottle cap which will be used on all Route 66 Root Beer and flavored Sodas 12oz glass bottles.

Featuring a photo scene from Route 66 taken by Matthew S. Cameron, the crown concept was created by Scott, Elizabeth and Matthew Cameron and designed by Simone Ginsburg of Real Soda In Real Bottles in Gardena, CA, the California and west coast distributors of Route 66 Sodas.

“This is the first time the art on our bottle cap has been changed since we acquired the company back in 2007, and we believe the first time since the original formation of the company dating back into the mid 1990’s.” said Scott A. Cameron. “We’ve had such a positive response to our new bottle designs, introduced in 2010; we decided we should complement them with a new crown.”

Downtown Joliet Farmers' Market

The Downtown Joliet Farmers' Market continues every Friday from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM through September 28th.

Located on Chicago Street between Van Buren and Jefferson Street


The Market offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, corn on the cob, fresh cut flowers, plants, jewelry, fresh baked breads, cupcakes, cookies, pies, fresh fruit salsas, hummus, olives, pizza, smoked sausages, including a full line of Italian products, and other food items. Avon, Pampered Chef, Tupperware and other franchises will be represented at the market.

Also specialty gift items, candles, purses, childrens clothing and accessories, cinnamon roasted nuts, and much, much more!

For more information contact Cam

Joliet’s Union Station Centennial Banquet

Sunday, October 14, 2012 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm

A banquet and reception celebrating the centennial of downtown Joliet’s Union Station will be held in the station’s Grand Ballroom, 50 E. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL.

This event will be exactly 100 years to the day after the original 1912 banquet observing the station’s completion. The centennial celebration is being held by the Blackhawk Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

Click here to go to the official website for this event.

Click here to read complete details in the Herald News.

A "Golden" Opportunity!

Thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac, IL Tourism for providing the following information for us to share:

Do you love gold? The “Gilding Arts” exhibit opened in Pontiac, Illinois, on June 29, 2011. The Society of Gilders, in cooperation with the City of Pontiac, opened the exhibit inside the Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum at 217 Mill St, in the center of downtown Pontiac.

2012 Route 66 Ride for the Relay Begins in Chicago

Saturday, September 1, 2012 (All day)

Rodger L. Fox founded "Ride for the Relay" foundation in 2006 to raise money to help find a Cure for Cancer.

They are doing a Route 66 Ride for the Relay beginning in Chicago on September 1, 2012. Please participate in and/or donate to this worthy cause!

To quote his website:

"Go All the Way or Part of the Way.
Start with us in Chicago or somewhere along the Way.
Ride a motorcycle or drive your car.
Just be a part and help us in our battle to find a CURE."

For complete details:

42nd Annual National Abraham Lincoln Railsplitting Festival

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 10:00am - Sunday, September 16, 2012 - 4:00pm

The Logan Railsplitting Association would like to announce its 42nd Annual National Abraham Lincoln Railsplitting Festival. It is September 14th through September 16th at the Logan County Fairgrounds with a weekend full of fun, family events on the schedule. Regular festival hours are both Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For the past two years, festival coordinators have not charged a booth fee for craft vendors, home based business and flea market vendors. This “no charge” policy will continue for this year’s festival as well, with first booth space rented free. Vendors needing more than one booth space will be charged an additional fee.

Elkhart Farmers' Market Continues

We want to make you aware of the Farmers' Market in historic downtown Elkhart at the corner of Governor Oglesby and Latham Streets Elwood, IL, Saturdays from 7:00 AM to Noon in full swing through October 27.

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Market shoppers can also enjoy a cool drink or lunch at The Wild Hare Café, and shopping at Horsefeathers Antiques and Gift Shop, The Little Foxes Shop and Birdsong Books and Vintage Shoppe, all on Governor Oglesby Street in historic downtown Elkhart.

For more information contact:
Peggy Lee

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